Carolyn Hrabanek

Carolyn Hrabanek

BATTLE CREEK — Services for Carolyn J. Hrabanek, 79, Battle Creek, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. The Rev. Bart Fouts will officiate with burial in Union Cemetery in rural Battle Creek.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

She died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at Community Pride Care Center in Battle Creek.


Carolyn was born on Jan. 22, 1940, in Volga, S.D., to Gerald and Lucille (Dixon) Blachford. She attended school until the 10th grade.

She married Charles Hrabanek on June 24, 1957, in Casper, Wyo. After marriage, they lived on a farm near Colome, S.D. In September 1974, they moved to Battle Creek, where Carolyn then opened the Chuckwagon Cafe.

After a few years of running the cafe, Carolyn started working for Dale Electronics. Carolyn then left Dale’s to take care of Charles when he was ill, until he lost his life due to cancer in 1994. After her spouse’s passing, Carolyn started cooking meals for the Pierce County Jail before retiring.

Carolyn enjoyed many hobbies, including music and dancing, cooking, being a care giver to many, playing cards and board games, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.

Carolyn’s is survived by her children, Paul (Sharon) Hrabanek, John (Vickie) Hrabanek, Ann (Gregg) Koopman, Dave (Brenda) Hrabanek, Andy (Barb) Hrabanek, all of Battle Creek, Ellen Bernhardt of Norfolk, Julie (Mark) Rohrich of Pierce and Diane (Jerry) McGill of Hartington, Sue (Jim) Buckley of Plainview and Charles (Marie) Hrabanek of Beaufort, S.C.; 27 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Sandy (Larry) Schumacher of Madison, S.D., Michael Blachford of Hendricks, Minn., Peggy Wamsher of Sturgis, S.D., Kathy Claphan of Uricka, Calif., Douglas (Monica) Blachford of Virginia Beach, Va., and David (Theresa) Blachford of Silver City, N.M.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Charles; her parents, Gerald and Lucille Blachford; a son-in-law, Duane Bernhardt; and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Wamsher and Joe Claphan.

Casket bearers will be Shane Bernhardt, Garrett Koopman, Levi Hrabanek, Kyle Rohrich, Nate Krueger and Jacob Hrabanek.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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WYNOT — Services for Jessica M. Eskins, 39, Coon Rapids, Minn., formerly of Wynot, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Wynot. The Rev. Andy Phan will officiate with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wynot.

CLEARWATER — Memorial services for Roger W. Pofahl, 82, Ewing, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Clearwater. The Rev. Daniel Feusse will officiate.

MADISON — Services for Bessie A. Bove, 95, Madison, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison. The Rev. Donna Goltry will officiate. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

YANKTON — A celebration of life for George W. “Bud” Schnebel, 82, Yankton, will be at a later date.

O’NEILL — Services for Mary Ryan, 94, O’Neill, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. Burial will be in the O’Neill Cemetery.

CLARKSON — Services for Adoline Telecky, 93, David City, formerly of Clarkson, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at New Zion Presbyterian Church in Clarkson. The Rev. Stephen Niles will officiate with burial in Zion Cemetery in rural Clarkson.

PILGER — Services for Wilfred Hasenkamp, 89, Stanton, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pilger. The Rev. Timothy Booth will officiate with burial in Pilger City Cemetery.

HARTINGTON — Services for Jessica Eskins, 36, Coon Rapids, Minn., formerly of Wynot, are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. She died Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at her residence.

SPRINGVIEW — Memorial services for Sally A. Grooms, 94, Springview, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the United Methodist Church in Springview. Private inurnment will be at a later date in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Valentine.

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